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ERIC Number: EJ956492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Brief Report: Mediation of Treatment Effect in a Communication Intervention for Pre-School Children with Autism
Aldred, Catherine; Green, Jonathan; Emsley, Richard; McConachie, Helen
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v42 n3 p447-454 Mar 2012
Tests of mediation in treatment trials can illuminate processes of change and suggest causal influences in development. We conducted a mediation analysis of a previously published randomised controlled trial of parent-mediated communication-focused treatment for autism against ordinary care, with 28 children aged 2-5 years (Aldred et al. in J Child Psychol Psychiatr 45:1-11, 2004). The hypothesised mediating process, targeted by the intervention, was an increase in parental synchronous response within parent-child interaction. The results showed partial mediation, with change in synchrony accounting for 34% of the positive intervention effect on autism symptomatology (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule communication and social domain algorithm); the result was confirmed by bootstrap estimation. Improved parental synchronous response to child communication can alter short-term autism symptom outcome with targeted therapy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule